Wing Chair Slipcover

I love making wing chair slipcovers.  So even though I’m not taking much work these days, when I got a call to do 2 wing chairs in a ticking type stripe,  I gladly took the job.  The chair wasn’t in bad shape “(forgot to take pic) but it looks beautiful now, don’t you think.

wing chair slipcover

wing chair slipcover

Love these bows.  They add such charm.

bow detail

bow detail

A nice transformation, I would say.

Screen Printed Pillow

I’ve had in my mind screen printing a wavy stripe pattern for a slipcover, but was kinda overwhelmed by the scope of the project.  So I decided to do a test run with a smaller project first–a small pillow.

Since this was a test run and a pattern I would most likely not use again, I decided use a freezer paper stencil.  Here is what that looks like once it is lightly pressed onto the screen mesh.

While they are considered temporary, freezer paper stencils can last for several printings.  This is after printing and washing out and you can see that it still in good shape.

And this is what the print looked like after printing.  The color of the background is off in this photo, but the finished pillow shows the true colors.

I used an X Acto knife to cut the strips, so they turned out a little more regular than I had hoped.  Next time I will tear the stripes and I think that will give a more irregular look that I’m looking for.

Ruffled Ottoman Slipcover

This slipcover is just too cute for words.  The client collects cute pieces of furniture and old textiles and sells them.  But she is keeping this one for herself.  The floral print is an old drapery panel and the contrast trim is what we are using for the love seat.  She wanted something short & flirty, so I did this full gathered skirt with a 1″ contrast band at the bottom.  So cute!

just too cute!

For the gathers, I used the zigzag over cord technique as shown in my gathering tutorial.

I’m linking up with

Shabby Creek Cottage

Miss Mustard Seed

Sewing & Quilting Expo

The past week has been crazy busy.  Karen from Home Fashions U arrived last week and we have been super busy getting ready for the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo in Lakeland, FL.  Karen is teaching 6 classes–to include ottomans, bedding, updating your dining chairs, a business class and more.

While Karen is teaching, I will be working in the booth and demonstrating the Quick Pleater.  So if you are thinking about attending the show, why don’t you stop by and see what all the buzz is about.  Hope to see you there.

In the meantime, this is what the studio has looked like for the last few days.

Hope to see you in Lakeland.



One Sexy Chair

Remember this gold chair?  Well she has a brand new outfit and boy is it hot!  I have to say, this was one fun slipcover.  Although at first I was a little worried about it.  The client wanted a really tight fit, which can sometimes be difficult with these rounded chairs.  And the fabric was a knit.  It looked like a woven, but it was knit with a stabilizer on the back.  The only other time I'd worked with a knit fabric, it kept growing and growing.  Took quite some work to pull enough stretch out of the fabric so I could get a tight fit.

But this fabric was a dream to work with.  I fitted directly on the chair instead of making a muslin pattern, so I could control how much excess fabric I pulled out.

Here is a close up shot of the fabric.  Not the typical fabric most people would choose for this type of chair.  But my client is a textile artist, so I shouldn't have been surprised.

And here is the final slipcover.  She wanted tight and she got tight!  Since she wanted the fabric and the shape of the chair to be the main focus, we didn't do any details other than self welt.  I did velcro it to the underside of the chair.  This is the tightest slipcover I've made in a long while.  I love it.  Gotta be my new favorite slipcover.

PS:  I'm linking up with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday

Gold Chair

I'm working on a new slipcover, this cute little gold chair.  I love chairs like this.  If I could spend the rest of my slipcover making days doing chairs like this, I would be one happy slipcover diva.

I'm doing this chair in exchange for some furniture.  A friend who knows I'm fixing up the apartment just purchased some new pieces and offered me some of old furniture.  The pieces fit perfectly in the apartment.  So in exchange for the furniture I am making a slipcover for this chair.

The fabric she choose, totally unexpected for this chair.  You can see it on the table in below. 

I'm almost finished, so stay tuned.

Quick Pleater and First Slipcover

Meet Dawn.  Or rather meet Dawn's first slipcover project.  Dawn purchased both sets of Quick Pleaters from me back in August and used them in her first slipcover project.  Now Dawn had logged in a few hours at the sewing machine, but never tried a slipcover before.

For her first project she choose to tackle this hand me down coffee table and turn it into a slipcovered ottoman.  I'm sure you've seen this table before; I've actually owned one like it way back when.  The size and shape of the table is great, but as you can see, it was not the prettiest thing around.  So why not slipcover it!

And look what Dawn did!  Some pretty floral fabric and kicky knife pleats in a contrasting solid and wow! a whole new look.  Check out those pleats!  Gotta love that Quick Pleater.

Dawn's coffee table

Here is what Dawn had to say about the Quick Pleater:  I’m quite delighted and the pleater tool was fabulous. Can’t imagine creating the knife pleats any other way.

Way to go Dawn! Can't wait to see more pleater projects.


Get your Quick Pleater here.


Video Tutorial Preference

Need your opinion. I’m in the process of creating some basic video tutorials and I’m trying to decide on what format to use. So here is your chance to tell me which format you prefer.

The options are:

  • live video demonstration– a short video of me demonstrating the technique
  • PowerPoint video—photos of each step put into PowerPoint then made into a video

Take this short poll on the right and let me know. And feel free to leave any additional thoughts in the comments

Where I Create

Today is the day; Where Bloggers Create Blog party.  Finally got all my pictures done and boy taking, editing, uploading and add descriptions to photos takes way more time than you imagine.  But I finally got it all finished.  My studio photos are all loaded to my flickr page Sew Slipcovers.  So go on in and take a look around.

Come on in

And when you are finished, head on over to My Desert Cottage and check out all the other studios.


Triple Ruffle Slipcover

Of all the slipcover samples I made for the Slipcover Summit this triple ruffle Parson chair slipcover is one of my favorites.  But they are all favorites, each for a different reason.

I generally like more tailored slipcovers, but every now and then I like them a little softer and more feminine and this one does that without too much fru fru going on.

The triple ruffle provides a chance to introduce a contrast fabric or texture.  The fabrics are a soft cotton ticking stripe and a soft linen look cotton duck.   I originally self lined the skirt, but with 3 layers of gathering, that was just too bulky.  So instead, I used a ¼” double fold hem.  Still working on getting the crease line out.  Thinking I may have to use vinegar and water.  But I’m loving this new (to me) hem for slipcover skirts.

Blue stripe Parson chair

And since my ruffling machine is on the fritz, I used the zigzag over cord method to make the gathers.

All, in all, a very soft, pretty feminine slipcover.

Triple ruffle skirt

If you have any tips on how to remove those annoying creases in the skirt, I would love to hear them.